Superfoods don't have to be exotic or expensive -- in fact, many are grown in Canada, easy on the budget and readily available at the grocery store. Here, some of our top choices.

quinoa-saladQuinoa. Quinoa (pronounced "KEEN-wah") is grown in Canada, and it's as easy to cook up as rice. This ancient Incan staple has more protein than any other grain, not to mention higher levels of fibre, calcium, vitamin E, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. It has a balance of essential amino acids, and it's gluten-free and easy to digest. (For more information, see

How to use it: You can use quinoa in place of rice or couscous in side dish recipes, soups, stews and salads, or enjoy it as a breakfast cereal topped with fruit or honey. Buy it in the bulk food section (rather than fancy packages) to save money.

Recipe ideas:

Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili

 Green Goddess Quinoa Salad

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